Courthouse News Service: Voter Fraud Extremely Rare, Conference Panel Agrees (In the News)

Courthouse News Service: Voter Fraud Extremely Rare, Conference Panel Agrees By Matthew Renda Professor Richard Hasen, co-editor of the Election Law Journal, Ann Ravel, a law professor and former chair of the Federal Elections Commission and Bradley Smith, a professor who also formerly chaired the FEC, discussed some of the most pressing issues regarding voter […]

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Daily Media Links 7/19: House Democrats Focus on Ethics, Political Money, New hearing on ‘dark-money’ proposal, and more…

In the News SCOTUSblog: Wednesday round-up By Edith Roberts At the Center for Competitive Politics, Luke Wachob “discusses three consequences of an America without the Supreme Court’s landmark decision in Buckley v. Valeo,” and concludes that “[p]reserving Buckley is essential to protecting the First Amendment right to free speech.” SF Gate: Experts defend, oppose Electoral […]

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Daily Media Links 7/18: Vermont passes ethics, disclosure laws; now Idaho’s one of just two states without, Revolving door rarely swings for lawmakers returning as lobbyists, and more…

CCP New CCP Issue Brief: A World Without Buckley v. Valeo The Center for Competitive Politics (CCP) released a new Issue Brief today summarizing key aspects of the 1976 Supreme Court decision, Buckley v. Valeo. Without the landmark decision – which many powerful politicians and activists wish to overturn – political speech and association rights would […]

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New CCP Issue Brief: A World Without Buckley v. Valeo

Overturning Buckley would do great damage to the First Amendment Alexandria, VA – The Center for Competitive Politics (CCP) released a new Issue Brief today summarizing key aspects of the 1976 Supreme Court decision, Buckley v. Valeo. Without the landmark decision – which many powerful politicians and activists wish to overturn – political speech and […]

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A World Without Buckley v. Valeo

“The concept that government may restrict the speech of some elements of our society in order to enhance the relative voice of others is wholly foreign to the First Amendment.” – Buckley v. Valeo, 424 U.S. 1, 48 (1976) Decided over forty years ago, the landmark 1976 Supreme Court decision, Buckley v. Valeo, remains at […]

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Daily Media Links 7/17: Prosecutors and Political Corruption, Should Landlords Be Forced to Subsidize Others’ Speech?, and more…

FEC The Hill: Officials clash at FEC over confronting Russian influence in 2018 elections By Lisa Hagen The heated clash over the topic comes as lawmakers and watchdog groups have been mounting pressure on the FEC to look into Donald Trump Jr.’s emails after recent reports that he accepted a meeting with a Russian lawyer […]

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Daily Media Links 7/14: Little FEC Consensus on Moves to Combat Foreign Influence, An Informed Citizenry: Broadening The “Media Exemption” to Include Nonprofit Communications, and more…

In the News Santa Fe New Mexican: Both sides in ‘dark money’ debate voice concerns at hearing By Andrew Oxford Opponents and some supporters of proposed rules to expand required disclosure of political spending agree on one thing: The regulations could reach beyond big-spending “dark money” groups. The first of three public hearings on the […]

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Santa Fe New Mexican: Both sides in ‘dark money’ debate voice concerns at hearing (In the News)

Santa Fe New Mexican: Both sides in ‘dark money’ debate voice concerns at hearing By Andrew Oxford Opponents and some supporters of proposed rules to expand required disclosure of political spending agree on one thing: The regulations could reach beyond big-spending “dark money” groups. The first of three public hearings on the rules proposed by […]

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The “NO PAC Caucus” is Another Misguided – and Revealing – Campaign to Squash Free Speech

These days, supporters of increased political speech regulation often fixate on topics like super PACs and so-called “dark money” when fear-mongering about the current state of campaign finance regulation in the United States. But occasionally they reveal their discomfort with basically any form of political speech that allows individuals to pool their resources and jointly […]

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Santa Fe New Mexican: Rules combatting “dark money” in politics facing growing opposition (In the News)

By Steve Terrell
In an opinion piece published by The New Mexican this week, Gessing and Bradley Smith, chairman of the Center for Competitive Politics and a former member of the Federal Election Commission, wrote, “Bureaucratic rule-makings can serve an important function. They help to implement and clarify laws that are passed by the Legislature. But here, instead of implementing the law, the Secretary of State’s Office is enacting rules that were rejected in the constitutional lawmaking process.”… 
Toulouse Oliver’s proposed rule is based on a bill that passed the Legislature with bipartisan support this year but was vetoed by Gov. Susana Martinez. Martinez wrote in her veto message, “While I support efforts to make our political process more transparent, the broad language in the bill could lead to unintended consequences that would force groups like charities to disclose the names and addresses of their contributors in certain circumstances. The requirements in this bill would likely discourage charities and other groups that are primarily non-political from advocating for their cause and could also discourage individuals from giving to charities.” 

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